Saturday, December 06, 2014
ISLAMABAD (BNA) The Pakistan army on Saturday said a top Al Qaeda leader Adnan el Shukrijuma was killed early morning in the Sheen Warsak region of South Waziristan Agency.
A statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Shukrijuma had moved in this area to hide in a compound from North Waziristan Agency due to the ongoing Zarb-i-Azb operation.
"His accomplice and local facilitator were also killed in the raid," the statement added. Shukrijuma is the most senior Al Qaeda member ever killed by the Pakistani military.
The statement says Adnan el Shukrijuma was a member of the core Al Qaeda leadership and was in charge of all external operations of Al Qaeda. During the raid, a soldier was also killed and another injured.
The Pakistan Army had launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb in June against foreign and local terrorists who were hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan.
The comprehensive operation was launched a week after militants made a brazen insurgent attack on the country's busiest airport in Karachi.
LONDON(BNA): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday said Pakistan's intensive anti-terrorism cooperation and efforts for regional peace and security need to be better recognised by the international community.
He was talking to the US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the London Conference on Afghanistan.
The premier was accompanied by his Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi.
The prime minister also discussed the regional situation with Kerry as well as the ongoing Operation Zarb-i-Azb. He said 80 per cent of the area had been cleared of militants, adding that the operation would continue until the complete elimination of militants.
Sharif said a stable, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan was in Pakistan's best interest, adding that Pakistan looked forward to having a good working relationship with the new Afghan government.
Secretary Kerry acknowledged Pakistan's contributions and sacrifices in the war on terror.
He welcomed the recent improvement in ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan and regarded it as a step towards regional stability. He assured Pakistan with the full support of the US in this regard.
Thursday, December 04, 2014
PESHAWAR (BNA) At least 18 Taliban militants were killed on Thursday during air strikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force fighter jets in the Dattakhel Tehsil of North Waziristan Agency.
Official sources told that at least 18 Taliban militants were killed after jets targetted their positions in the restive agency’s Madakhel area.
However, this information could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the war-torn region.
A day ago, military sources had said that 15 Taliban militants, including two key commanders from the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were killed in precision airstrikes.
Today’s strikes were part of the military operation which is currently being carried out by the army in the tribal areas of North Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions, targeting local and foreign insurgents.
Pakistan’s semi-autonomous areas have long been a hideout for militants of all stripes — including TTP, Al Qaeda and other foreign fighters.
Jets and artillery began targeting rebel strongholds in North Waziristan in mid-June and ground forces moved in to the region on June 30. The army says it has killed more than 1,100 militants and lost more than 100 soldiers since Zarb-i-Azb, the military operation in North Waziristan, began.
Tuesday December 2, 2014
QUETTA (BNA) Adviser to Chief Minister on Education Sardar Raza Mohammad Barech narrowly escaped an explosion on Quetta's Joint Road on Tuesday.
Police said two people were wounded in the blast targeting Barech's vehicle. The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta for medical treatment.
Barech, who belongs to the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMap), is an elected legislator in the Balochistan Assembly. He and his driver remained unhurt in the explosion.
The blast smashed the glasses of Barech's vehicle who later told reporters that he "had no enmity with anyone".
The explosives, which were remotely-detonated, had been planted close to a wall on Joint Road.
"As soon Barech's vehicle approached the spot, the explosives went off with a big bang," said Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, who strongly condemned the incident and vowed to bring the perpetrators to book.
Bugti said there were no specific threats to the chief minister's adviser.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.